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Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 16613, Strichindizes, 1997, Gut, Gehäuse...
£9,549
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DE
Rolex Datejust 126334 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex NEW 2021- Rolex Datejust 126334 blue dial
£10,910
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FR
Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Full Set Like New 2019
£38,142
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B.R.M DDF6 44 GULF LIMITED EDITION 15/18 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
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B.R.M DDF6 44 GULF LIMITED EDITION N15/18
£2,610
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Chopard Imperiale 8541 Very good Gold/Steel 27.5mm Quartz
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Chopard Imperiale Lady Stahl / Gold Diamanten Datum Damenuhr...
£3,797

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Cartier Baignoire Very good Yellow gold 18mm Quartz
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Cartier Mini Baignoire 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial Diamond...
£9,934
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US
Oris Artix GT 01 674 7661 4434-07 4 22 20FC Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Oris Artix Gt Chronograph
£1,251
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17
US
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC228-0000100-XA1442-000000E New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Chronograph Automatic Mens...
£6,586
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69174 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69174 Purple MOP Diamond Dial Diamond...
£4,618
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106
US
Mühle Glashütte M1-29-65-LB Very good Steel 42.6mm Automatic
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Mühle Glashütte Teutonia Sport I
£2,204
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Bulgari Bulgari BB 38 CL CH Good Carbon 38mm Quartz
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Bulgari Carbongold 38mm Roma Limited Edition
£1,225
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266
US
Cartier Calibre de Cartier 3389 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Cartier Calibre De Cartier Men's Steel Watch 42mm Iced Out...
£8,462
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392
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 25594ST Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet 25594ST Royal Oak Day-date, MK1 small font,...
£27,950
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UK
Chopard Happy Diamonds 20/7449 Very good White gold 40mm Quartz
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Chopard Happy Diamonds MOP Diamanten 18K Weissgold Damenuhr...
£4,495

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Rolex Datejust 126200 New Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Rolex Datejust 126200 – 2021 – Unworn
£6,450
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UK
Rado R32022102 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
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Rado Chronograph Match Point Limited Edition
£2,501
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17
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013 18k Solid Yellow Gold & SS...
£5,147
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65
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Rolex Datejust Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust White MOP Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel 36mm Watch
£6,619
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106
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118208 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Day-Date Champagne Dial, Ref: 118208 (B&P 2002)
£16,450
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238
UK
Montblanc Timewalker 115359 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed RARE LIMITED EDITION of 555...
£1,876
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266
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Bulgari Octo 103431 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Men's 40mm Blue 17ct Diamond...
£12,509
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392
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex 116520 Daytona with amazing Panna dial, P serial
£27,500
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63
UK
Chopard Happy Diamonds 20/7449 Very good White gold 40mm Quartz
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Chopard Happy Diamonds Lady 18K (0,750) Weißgold Damenuhr Gold...
£6,066

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Rolex Yacht-Master 37 268622 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Rolex Yachtmaster 268622- 2017 – Full Set
£8,950
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248
UK
Omega Seamaster New Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Omega Seamaster Professional James Bond 40th 007 Edition - Box...
£3,695
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335
UK
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978...
£4,779
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940P | Platinum Very good Platinum 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe 3940P | Platinum
£53,500
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UK
A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus 363.038 Unworn White gold 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus White Gold 2021 Ref 363.038
£39,950
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494
UK
Montblanc 7044 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Flyback Sport Chronograph PVD Big Date 7044
£1,250
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266
US
Bulgari Octo OC41C3SSD 102856 Unworn Steel Automatic
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Bulgari Octo Roma Ref. 102856 Men's 41mm Automatic Blue Dial...
£11,037
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392
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex GMT Master II aka 'Fat Lady' R serial 1997, watch only
£10,950
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63
UK
Omega Constellation 1267.75.00 Good Gold/Steel Quartz United Kingdom, WARRINGTON
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Omega Constellation 18kt Gold & Steel Diamond Bezel & Dial...
£2,499
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71
UK
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days 47mm PAM425 Very good Steel 47mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Panerai Radiomir PAM425 – 2016 – Full Set
£5,150
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248
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Double Split 404.035 Unworn Platinum 43mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange Double Split Rattrapante Chronograph -...
£77,263
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Submariner 'Hulk'
£17,500
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UK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Aquanaut 5164A | Steel | Travel Time Good Steel 40.8mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164A | Steel | Travel Time
£58,950
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UK
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5008 11B30 NABA Unworn Steel 40.3mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec HODINKEE Limited Edition 2020
£15,950
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494
UK
Edox Chronorally ED10303-TIN-NV Very good Steel 45mm Quartz
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Edox Chronorally "DAKAR" Limited Edition SOLD OUT
£735
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266
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu 44mm W6920025 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu Men's Watch Black 44mm Iced Out 12ct...
£8,094
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392
US
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030B-0001 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-eight Blue 79030b Full Set 2020
£2,695
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UK
Omega Constellation Ladies 123.20.35.20.02.005 Unworn Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, WARRINGTON
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Omega Constellation 18K Red Gold 123.20.35.20.02.005 2018...
£3,499
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71
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Rolex 16610 Submariner – 2001 – Full Set
£8,650
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248
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 118338 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Day-Date Diamond Lugs/Dial, Ref: 118338 (B&P 2004)
£21,750
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238
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex GMT-Master II 'Pepsi'
£16,500
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15
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Lange 1 | "Stealth" | Platinum | 191.025 Very good Platinum 38.5mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 | "Stealth" | Platinum | 191.025
£26,550
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UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar 140.8.87 Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar - Box & Papers
£4,550
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335
UK
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94-S Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 01-94-T Carbon Fiber Automatic 46mm Chronograph
£1,986
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266
US
Bulgari Octo 102704 OC41BSSD Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bulgari Octo Roma Blk Dial 15ct Iced Out Watch Ref: 102704
£11,037
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392
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030B-0001 New Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-eight Blue 79030b UNWORN Full Set June 2021
£2,950
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63
UK
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.40.20.02.004 Very good Steel 39.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, WARRINGTON
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Omega Deville Prestige Co-Axial 2500 424.10.40.20.02.004 2018...
£2,399
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71
UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5040G Very good White gold 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5040G White Gold Tonneau...
£28,950
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494
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 126610lv New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV - Starbucks
£15,056
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Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Submariner Date '116613LB'
£12,250
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15
UK
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 1815 | Up Down | Rose Gold Very good Rose gold 35.9mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 | Up Down | Rose Gold | Ref. 221.032
£17,850
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30
UK
Franck Muller Conquistador 8005 L SC New Steel 33mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Franck Muller Conquistador Automatic Ladies - Unworn Full Set
£2,950
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335
UK
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 6 WW2119.FC6338 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 6 Titanium Black Automatic Near Mint...
£1,839
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266
US
Bell & Ross BR 05 BR05A-GR-ST/SRB Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross Br 05 40mm Men's Grey Dial Watch ICED OUT 7ct...
£7,358
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392
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Patek Philippe World Time 5575G-001 Very good White gold 39.8mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe World Time 175th Anniversary Limited Edition
£96,500
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UK
Omega Constellation Quartz 123.20.24.60.02.001 Very good Gold/Steel 24mm Quartz United Kingdom, WARRINGTON
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Omega Constellation 18kt Red Gold & Steel Silver Dial 123.20.2...
£2,399
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71
UK
Patek Philippe World Time 5230G-001 Very good White gold 38.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Patek Philippe World Time White Gold 2018 Ref 5230G-001
£31,050
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494
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 140.2.80.S Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold...
£10,950
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796
UK
Richard Mille RM 07 RM 007 Unworn Red gold Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 007 Red Gold
£72,975
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15
UK
F.P.Journe Octa Octa Réserve De Marche | 38mm | Rose Gold | Brass Movement Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
F.P.Journe Octa Réserve De Marche | Brass Movement | 38mm
£110,000
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Franck Muller Casablanca New White gold 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Franck Muller Casablanca 18k White Gold - Unworn Box & Papers
£7,450
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335
UK

Sapphire Crystal Watches: Highly Scratch-Resistant

Watch glass made of sapphire crystal began dominating the industry in the 1980s. This material is especially hard and, therefore, scratch-resistant. What's more, sapphire glass lets in plenty of light, thus improving the watch's readability.


4 Reasons to Buy a Watch with Sapphire Crystal

  • Sapphire is especially scratch-resistant
  • Lets in plenty of light
  • Something for every budget
  • Coveted collector's item: Classic vintage Rolex and Omega watches

Almost as Tough as Diamond

Most modern luxury watch manufacturers include sapphire crystal watch glass as a standard feature of their timepieces. The reason is clear: Sapphire is the world's third hardest mineral, behind only diamond and moissanite. As a result, it is extremely scratch-resistant. Moreover, it lets in more light than quartz, mineral, or acrylic glass, making it even easier to tell the time.

While sapphire is a naturally occurring mineral, the sapphire crystal used in watch glass is a synthetic material. Some people even refer to this colorless crystal as "sapphire glass" because it is so transparent.

The watch industry began churning out large numbers of watches with sapphire crystal in the 1980s. Before then, mineral or acrylic glass was the material of choice. Today, many manufacturers also use sapphire crystal for their case backs. There are even a handful of companies producing entire cases out of this clear material.


How much do watches with sapphire crystal cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire 411.JL.4809.RT 63,500 USD
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 1130 52A 11,000 USD
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1530 9,400 USD
Breitling Navitimer A23322 4,700 USD
Oris Divers Sixty-Dive 01 733 7720 4055-07 5 21 02 1,600 USD
Mido Ocean Star Captain V M026.430.47.061.00 1,000 USD
Laco Augsburg 42 861688 380 USD
Casio Collection BEM-111D-1AVEF 70 USD

Vintage Classics with Sapphire Crystal

Since sapphire crystal wasn't a common watch feature until the early 1980s, there are very few vintage watches with this material. However, there are a few notable models. Rolex was one of the first companies to recognize sapphire's potential and use it in series production. The Rolex Date ref. 1530 and its successor, the Datejust ref. 1630, were among the first timepieces to utilize this scratch-resistant watch glass. Both watches emerged in the early 1970s and are extremely rare today. A stainless steel ref. 1530 costs around 9,300 USD, while the two-tone Datejust ref. 1630 demands about 5,400 USD.

The Submariner ref. 16800 from the late 70s was Rolex's first sports watch to feature sapphire crystal. Like all Submariners, the 16800 is a highly coveted collector's item. However, at only 9,200 USD, it is relatively affordable compared to other Submariner models.

Omega began experimenting with sapphire crystal all the way back in 1932. This resulted in watches like the Omega Marine ref. CK 679, which sells for as little as 2,600 USD today. However, Omega wouldn't use sapphire glass for timepieces in series production until the late 1970s, starting with the Seamaster 120 ref. ST 166.0250. This diving watch is water-resistant to 120 m (12 bar, 394 ft) and changes hands for roughly 3,900 USD in good condition.

There are no vintage examples of the fan-favorite Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with sapphire crystal. In fact, Omega outfitted this timepiece exclusively with synthetic Hesalite glass until the turn of the millennium. The reason is that this watch was part of NASA's official equipment and the space agency insisted on Hesalite since it doesn't splinter upon impact. However, Omega did introduce a few models with sapphire glass case backs in the 1980s, including the limited edition Apollo XI ref. BA345.0802. You can call this watch your own for some 33,500 USD.


Retro Watches with Sapphire Crystal

Since vintage models with sapphire crystal are so rare, modern takes on classic vintage timepieces make great alternatives. For example, Breitling has been crafting their iconic Navitimer pilot's watch with sapphire crystal since the late 1990s. Depending on the model and its condition, Navitimer prices range from 2,200 to 39,000 USD.

Storied Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain has been equipping their classic Fifty Fathoms diving watch with sapphire crystal for years. New editions of the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda and Fifty Fathoms Automatique even feature a sapphire crystal bezel inlay in addition to their sapphire crystal watch glass and case backs. These attractive timepieces change hands for about 11,000 USD.

TAG Heuer also has a long history with sapphire crystal in their Carrera and Monaco collections. This material appears on their Heritage models, such as the Monaco Calibre 11, as well as their classic Carrera Calibre 1887. The latter gets its name from the in-house caliber 1887. You can purchase a mint-condition Monaco Calibre 11 with the blue "Steve McQueen design" for around 4,300 USD. Pre-owned pieces tend to cost a few hundred dollars less. If you prefer the Carrera Calibre 1887, be sure to have between 2,600 and 3,500 USD on hand.


Affordable Sapphire Glass Watches

Sapphire crystal watch glass is also a common feature on affordable watches. For example, Casio, Orient, and Victorinox all produce quartz watches with sapphire crystal for around 110 USD. Fans of mechanical watches will find pieces from Tissot, Laco, and Citizen beginning around 330 USD.

Most modern watches worth 1,100 USD or more will come with sapphire crystal. You'll find some exceptions among historically accurate re-releases, such as the Sinn 103 St pilot's chronograph with acrylic glass. This model sells for roughly 1,800 USD new and 1,600 USD pre-owned.


Watches Made of Solid Sapphire

Companies like Hublot, Richard Mille, MB&F, and Cabestan take the concept of a sapphire crystal watch to the next level. Each offers timepieces with cases made of solid sapphire crystal. Most of these models lack a traditional dial, offering an unobstructed view of the heavily skeletonized movement within.

Hublot has the widest variety of sapphire crystal watches. This Swiss luxury watch manufacturer crafts several Big Bang editions out of blue, green, yellow, purple, or clear sapphire crystal. Plan to spend between 43,000 and 80,000 USD on the Big Bang Unico Sapphire chronograph. There's also the Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire in blue or purple. This watch is limited to a run of 30 pieces and requires an investment of over 177,000 USD.

For something even more exclusive, you should turn to Richard Mille. Mille's RM 56-01 tourbillon watch boasts a sapphire crystal base plate for its movement in addition to its solid sapphire case. As a result, the gears, springs, and axles all appear to be floating in midair. Only five copies exist of this timepiece, which sells for an astronomical 2.2 million USD.


What are sapphire and sapphire crystal?

Sapphire is an especially hard mineral, with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This places it just behind diamond and moissanite. The world's largest natural sapphire deposits are found in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Nigeria, Madagascar, and the USA. While blue sapphires are perhaps the most famous, sapphires can come in any color but red.

However, the sapphire crystal used in watches is synthetic. It's created by melting aluminum oxide powder at 3,722°F (2,050°C) and forming it into a pear-shaped crystal between 1.1 and 1.6 inches (3 and 4 cm) wide. This material is then cut, sanded, and polished using a diamond angle grinder. The final watch glass receives a special anti-reflective coating, usually in the form of a blue-tinged film applied to the crystal. Older watches tend to only have this coating on the crystal's inner side since previous coating methods were highly susceptible to scratches. However, this is no longer a problem in modern watchmaking, and most sapphire crystal watch glass has this coating on both sides.

The main advantage of sapphire crystal is its scratch resistance. However, its hardness also makes it susceptible to hard impacts. Unlike plastic-based watch glass, sapphire crystal watch glass is known to splinter. Furthermore, soft materials like aluminum can leave behind unattractive streaks on the crystal. Luckily, you can easily remove these streaks using a normal pencil eraser.

If you're not sure whether or not your watch has sapphire crystal, there's an easy way to find out: Put a drop of water on the crystal and lift the case at a slight angle. The water will move relatively slowly across sapphire crystal and leave no streaks behind.